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Gov. Paul LePage Signs Lyme Disease Bill
06/26/2013 09:52 AM ET  

The bill requires the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to include certain information on its Web site about Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill aimed at promoting Lyme disease awareness.

The bill signed on Tuesday requires the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to include certain information on its Web site about Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment.

Among other things, the Web site must say that a negative result for a Lyme disease test doesn't necessarily mean Lyme disease isn't present. The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society Physicians says false-negatives for Lyme disease occur 54 percent of the time.

The bill also mandates that patients get full results when tested.

The bacterial infection is carried by the deer tick. It can be prevented by wearing protective clothing, using insect repellent, performing daily tick checks and using caution in tick habitats.


 

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